Seasonal tyres at reifen.com
Why summer tyres?
It's not absolutely essential to have summer tyres, but they do offer some clear advantages over winter tyres driven in the summer. Winter tyres are made from a softer rubber compound which becomes very soft in high temperatures, resulting in a spongy ride. This behaviour increases as the load increases. Also, winter tyres have a longer braking distance, poorer grip on bends, higher fuel consumption and poorer handling in the wet.
Why winter tyres?
Summer tyres are not recommended for use in winter because their rubber compounds become very hard in low temperatures. This results in poor grip and increased tyre slip. This happens even if it's just cold and there isn't any ice or snow on the road yet.
But the treads are also different on winter tyres compared with summer tyres. The sipe technology ensures a better grip in slush and snow. This is reflected in better steering behaviour, better acceleration and a shorter braking distance.
Why all-season tyres?
All-season tyres represent a compromise between winter and summer tyres and eliminate the need for seasonal tyre changes. In moderate weather conditions, many all-season tyres demonstrate good driving characteristics. Almost all well-known manufacturers now offer all-season tyres that can be driven in winter too.
The longer and harsher the winter, the more the advantage of winter tyres over all-season tyres becomes apparent. Also in very hot temperatures in summer, there is a noticeable difference compared to summer tyres. This is reflected in, for example, the grip or the braking distance. Even the wear is greater compared to summer tyres.
If you travel in regions with little snow, then an all-season tyre can be a good alternative and may also save you money.